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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- It seems simple for Nico Rosberg: Finishing in the top three at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix guarantees his first Formula One championship.The German driver has pole position for the title thanks to a 12-point lead over Lewis Hamilton heading into Sundays showdown.Even if Hamilton wins the race, Rosberg will clinch the bigger prize if he crosses the line third.Hopefully, the fans will get a great show to end the year, said Rosberg, who is bidding to stop his Mercedes teammate from winning a third straight title and fourth overall.Rosberg has been runner-up for the past two seasons, but the odds are stacked in his favor now.If Hamilton finishes the race in second place, Rosberg needs only finish sixth, and if Hamilton places third, Rosberg needs eighth. Fourth place for Hamilton means Rosberg is champion regardless of where he places.(They) have been exceptional, and either one would make a worthy champion, Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. After such a battle of endurance, the winner can say without doubt that they earned it.Both have won nine races each this year, and Hamilton has scooped up the past three to stay in contention.Rosberg may be caught in two minds how to approach the race.He does not need pole and can just sit behind Hamilton, knowing that the Mercedes car is easily fast enough to get him on the podium.In fact, Rosberg has finished in the top three in 15 of 20 races this season, including the past eight.But one notable factor may encourage him to race hard, rather than play it safe.Fourth place in the championship is still up for grabs between Sebastian Vettel and Red Bulls Max Verstappen, the 19-year-old Dutchman who has taken F1 by storm.Vettel, a four-time F1 champion, is only five points ahead of Verstappen, whose relentless hunger to impose himself -- not to mention his increasingly fraught relationship with Vettel -- may indirectly impact on Rosberg.If Rosberg chooses to protect third place, rather than chase down Hamilton, he could get caught up in a potential scrap between Vettel and Verstappen, who has been involved in incidents with Ferrari drivers Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.A small mistake during one of the many corner sequences can ruin a lap, Verstappen said about the 5 1/2-kilometer (3 1/2-mile) Abu Dhabi circuit.Missing out on the title would be especially demoralizing for Rosberg, considering he has been in a strong position for much of the season.Last year, Hamilton won with three races to spare, but in 2014, the title went to the last race. However, Rosberg was only in it that year because of the double points rule in place for the last race. The hugely unpopular rule was quickly abolished.Rosberg has failed to finish only one race this season, when he collided with Hamilton on the first lap of the Spanish GP in May, sending both drivers out of the race.A similar incident would gift Rosberg the title, but Hamilton does not anticipate any cynical tactics from his teammate.I dont go into the race expecting anything less than a fair fight, Hamilton said. I like to think higher of (Rosberg), and that wouldnt be something he would do.Rosberg trailed Hamilton by 19 points heading into the summer break, but then turned the tables on Hamilton, who seemed to be drifting out of the reckoning only a few races ago.Engine failure cost Hamilton a seemingly certain victory at the Malaysian GP.Rosberg followed up that stroke of luck by padding out his advantage to 33 points with victory at the Japanese GP, where Hamilton finished third.Im faced with pretty impossible odds, said Hamilton, who has been hampered by engine problems. But I cant give up.Rosberg appears to have settled on a cautious approach for Sunday.I was joking that I would still be taking things one race at a time, Rosberg said. But, the more I think about it, thats actually not as crazy as it sounds.He simply has too much to lose. NFL Jerseys Cheap . 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Supply NFL Jerseys .com) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to halt their longest losing streak of the season when they host the struggling New York Islanders in tonights clash at the Bell Centre. The square leg Between Canberra and Melbourne there appeared to have been plenty of thinking done by New Zealands captain Kane Williamson, particularly in terms of finding fresh ways to dismiss Australias top order. One plan called for the placement of a shortish square leg in Henry Nicholls, with Trent Boult bowling a tight line designed to tuck up the batsmen. The gambit was tried first against Aaron Finch with rapid success, but the piece de resistance was the entrapment of Steven Smith for a duck. Boult waited a few balls before going around the wicket to cramp Smith for room, and Australias captain proceeded to flick to Nicholls in a way that suggested he had been taken out of his comfort zone. Other teams may well take note.The almost classic Having clasped those two chances, Nicholls was pushed out to the leg side boundary as David Warner got going. The extra pace of Lockie Ferguson had discomforted Warner in Sydney, and the second-gamer did so again in Melbourne in coaxing a skied pull shot. Nicholls made excellent ground to get to the ball and for a moment seemed to have claimed a terrific catch, but it spilled out as he completed his dive. Seasoned New Zealand observers remarked how the catch, had it been completed, would have been very similar to one claimed by Martin Snedden - but not accepted by the umpires - off Greg Chappell in the infamouus under-arm match on this ground in 1981.ddddddddddddThe reverse Early in New Zealands innings, Matthew Wade could be seen encouraging the use of bounce throws to get the ball making contact with the more abrasive parts of the MCG wicket square. As captain of Victoria, Wade has marshalled the Bushrangers pacers to make the most of reverse-swing on this ground many times in the past, and he angled for it again this night. The reward came midway through the evening when Mitchell Starc sent a screeching, reversing yorker through the defences of Henry Nicholls. Instantly, Starc gestured gratefully towards Wade, having gained the sort of swerve made possible through the earlier groundwork.The golden arm Travis Head has grown in stature as a batsman during this series, involved in key partnerships in each match. But he is also adding increasing levels of value with the ball, thus taking up both the roles previously played by Glenn Maxwell in this team. Smith threw the ball to him with New Zealands dangerous Martin Guptill still at the crease, and from around the wicket he tempted the opener to shell a catch to cover first ball. George Bailey held on to a difficult chance, and Head made a beeline for Smith to celebrate the wicket. 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